Sterling, VA (September 23, 2015) – Dominion High School senior Jake O’Flahavan has committed to play lacrosse for Frostburg State University beginning the 2016-2017 academic school year.
“I didn’t really know what to think immediately after making my decision, said O’Flahavan. It felt like all the pressure of getting into a school was completely lifted off of my back. It’s just amazing and I feel better about my decision everyday. It’s great to know that there is life for me after high school.”
Located in the Appalachian highlands of western Maryland, Frostburg State University is a student-centered teaching and learning institution that offers students a distinctive and distinguished baccalaureate education along with a select set of applied masters and doctoral programs. The student-faculty ratio at FSU is 16:1, and half of the school’s classes have fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at FSU include: Business Administration and Management, Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies, Psychology, Criminal Justice/Safety Studies, and Early Childhood Education and Teaching.
“A key factor in my decision was the success that Frostburg’s lacrosse team has had the last few years, said O’Flahavan. In 2015 they finished with a record of 16-3, placing 2nd in the CAC and 18th overall for D3. I had also attended a few basketball camps at Frostburg in middle school and had a great time at those camps. Frostburg is a really interesting town with a lot to do, and being a big snowboarder I love how it is just a short drive away from Deep Creek and Wisp Ski Resort.”
O’Flahavan’s head lacrosse coach will be Tommy Pearce. Coach Pearce was chosen to start the new era of men’s lacrosse for FSU in the summer of 2009, and he has quickly turned the program into one of the tops in the region. Over the last 3 seasons, Pearce’s Bobcats have posted 43 total wins and have advanced to the ECAC South Regional Championship Game twice. In addition to being a tw0-time All-American, Centennial Conference Player of the Year and Eastern College Athletic Conference South Region Player of the Year at Gettysburg, Pearce has recruited and guided 20 All-Americans during his coaching tenure.
“Frostburg’s coaching staff made it very easy to get in contact with them and always answered any questions I’ve had. I also went to their Prospect Day in July where I practiced and played with other recruits interested in Frostburg. I also got to walk around the campus a little and that really helped make my decision. I want to become a part of the family that has started in Frostburg, said O’Flahavan. I hope to get my chance to impact the team’s performance in a positive way.”
Jake has played lacrosse since the 6th grade and high school varsity since the 10th. He switched from short stick midfielder to long stick midfielder during his junior year because it put him in a better position to impact the team; there were a lot LSMs that were graduating before him. As evidenced by the Frostburg opportunity, that switch paid off.
When prompted whom he is most thankful for in supporting him along his path, Jake shared, “My parents. I am thankful for my parents who have supported me through the entire process, and for guiding me to the decisions I have and will have to make on my own.”
Asked what advice he would give others on pursing their dream, Jake shared, “Start early. The earlier you start the recruiting process and getting your name out there, the better chance that a school will find you. Also, starting early may possibly produce more offers and present more schools that you can look at to find the one that fits you the best.”
Please join us in wishing Jake O’Flahavan the very best in his success on the lacrosse field and in his pursuit of a Finance and French degree at Frostburg State University.